Athens Things to Do Tips by eksvist
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view to Acropolis from Philopappos hill
The Acropolis of Athens is the best known acropolis in the world. It’s mean high city or The Sacred Rock.
Although there are many other acropoleis in Greece, but usually when somebody talk about Acropolis, then they are thinking the Athens Acropolis.
For me it was at start confounding.
Later I understood, that in the city of ancient-Greece acropolis was the fortress, what be situated on the higher place.
The Acropolis was formally proclaimed as the pre-eminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.
The Acropolis is a flat-topped rock which rises 150 m above sea level in the city of Athens.
On the Acropolis you can see the Propylaea, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheum with The Porch of the Caryatids,
It is better to be on the Acropolis early, after the opening time, when tourist-groups are not conquer all places yet. :)
Special ticket package: Full: €12, Reduced: €6
The same ticket is valid in Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Theatre of Dionysos, Kerameikos, Olympieion, Roman Agora.
Free admission days:
6 March (in memory of Melina Mercouri)
5 June (International Enviroment Day)
18 April (International Monuments Day)
18 May (International Museums Day)
The last weekend of September annually (European Heritage Days)
Sundays in the period between 1 November and 31 March
The first Sunday of every month, except for July, August and September (when the first Sunday is holiday, then the second is the free admission day.)
Reduced admission for:
Citizens of the E.U. aged over 65
Free admission for:
Members of the ICOM-ICOMOS
Persons possessing a free admission card
Persons under 19
Soldiers carrying out their military service
University students from Greece and the E.U.
From 01.11.2007 to 31.03.2008
Monday: 11:00 - 19:30
Tuesday - Sunday: 08:00 - 19:30
Directions: in the City center
Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds
Roman Agora actually has nothing to do with Romans, They give this name because it was constructed during Roman times -1st century CE- in order to serve a growing Athens.
It is a single architectural complex, measuring 111 x 98 m., consisting of a vast rectangular court, surrounded by colonnades. The courtyard was surrounded by stoas, shops and storerooms. It has an east, Ionic propylon and a west, Doric propylon, known as the Gate of Athena Archegetis, which linked it to the Greek Agora. It was built between 19 and 11 BCE with a donation of Julius Caesar and Augustus.
Horologion of Andronicos - Tower of the Winds
The octagonal tower (3.20 m. long on each side) stands on a base of three steps and is built of white Pentelic marble.
It has a conical roof, a cylindrical annex on the south side, and two Corinthian porches, one on the NE and one on the NW side. At the top of each of the eight sides there is a relief representation of a wind, symbolized by a male figure with the appropriate attributes and its name inscribed on the stone. There were sundials on the external walls and an elaborate waterclock in the interior. The tower was built in the first half of the 1st century B.C. by the astronomer Andronicos, from Kyrrhos in Macedonia.
You can visit Roman Agora with ticket of Acropolis. Look about the ticket prices from my Acropolis tip.
The most interesting and surprising place between the Plaka and Acropolis is Anafiotika. It is located under the north section of the Acropolis.
The settlement of Anafiotika was created in the 19th century by migrants from the Cycladic island of Anafi. They built their houses on the steep slopes of the Acropolis in their traditional island style. Thus, they created a small village with white-washed houses and narrow paths between them. The village comes complete with a tiny church dedicated to St George. A closer look will reveal that the marble used for the construction of the church was taken from an ancient temple.
When you claim up to Acropolis from Plaka do not miss this one of the most beautiful parts of Athens.
I were in there three times and every time I found some new for me.
Address: Neighborhood: Plaka
Directions: Nearest Train: Metro Line 2: Akropoli Station
Ancient Agora and Stoa of Attalos
The Ancient Agora of Athens is the most well-known example of agora.
It was the political and administrative center of ancient Athens as well as the place where social, commercial and religious activities concentrated. The site was occupied without interruption in all periods of the city's history. It was used as a residential and burial area as early as the Late Neolithic period (3000 BCE). Early in the 6th century BCE, in the time of Solon, the Agora became a public area.
After a series of repairs and remodeling, it reached its final rectangular form in the 2nd century BCE. Extensive building activity occurred after the serious damage made by the Persians in 480-79 BCE, by the Romans in 89 BCE and by the Heruli in 267 CE. After the Slavic invasion in 580 CE, it was gradually abandoned.
In the 19th century the four colossal figures of Giants and Tritons at the facade of the Gymnasium were restored.
In the years 1953 to 1956 the Stoa of Attalos was reconstructed to become a museum and in the same period the Byzantine church of Agii Apostoli (Holy Apostles), buily around 1000 AD, was restored. Between 1972 and 1975 restoration and preservation work was carried out at the Hephaisteion.
You can visit it with the ticket of Acropolis. Look the prices from my Acropolis tip.
Directions: metro Monastiraki
street of tombs
Kerameikos - the biggest and most important necropolis in Athens stretches along Ermou Street, near the junction with Pireos Street.
Kerameikos is named after Keramos, son of Dionysios and Ariadne, hero of potters. The area was used continuously for burials from the twelfth century BC for a thousand years.
There is a small museum to the left of the site entrance with pottery, sculptures and right next to it is a collection of pillars which were grave markers.
The Kerameikos doesn't offer for me very much. When I visiting some place, I want to see and get feelings ... Kerameikos doesn't offer me all this, ... sorry! :(
Of course I haven't be sorry, that I was in there. There was museum, where you can see the nice pottery, and finds from the excavations. When you walking in there, you can see the street of tombs with some beautiful grave monuments ...
You can visit the Kerameikos with the Acropolis ticket. Prices look from my Acropolis tip.
View of the temple from the Acropolis
The Temple of Olympian Zeus, also known as the Olympieion, is a colossal ruined temple in the centre of the Greek capital Athens that was formerly dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods.
Construction began in the 6th century BC during the rule of the Athenian tyrants, who envisaged building the greatest temple in the ancient world, but it was not completed until the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD some 650 years after the project had begun. During the Roman periods it was renowned as the largest temple in Greece and housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.
It is be a major tourist attraction.
The temple is made of fine marble brought from Mount Pentelus and originally measured 96 meters long and 40 meters wide.
There were originally 104 Corinthian columns, each 17 meters high; 48 of these stood in triple rows under the pediments and 56 in double rows at the sides. Only 15 columns remain standing today, with lovely Corinthian capitals still in place. A 16th column was blown down during a gale in 1852 and is still lying where it fell.
When I was see this temple from Acropolis, I didn't saw nothing especial ... only when I stood beside the Temple of Olympian Zeus, I feels, how great and grandiose it is.
When you standing in there, you feeling how small creature you is in this world.
I think it is place what you must to see in Athens too.
In here is shot video clip, what I've made with photo camera late evening.
You can visit this place with the ticket of Acropolis. About the ticket prices you can look from Acropolis tip.
If you don't visit the Acropolis, then ticket only to the Temple of Olympian Zeus is cost €2
Open: Tues-Sun 8:30am-3pm
Address: Central Athens, at Leoforos Vas. Olgas and Amalias
Directions: metro: Syntagma or Acropoli
Theatre of Dionysus
The Theatre of Dionysus was a major open air theatre in ancient Greece, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis and forming part of the temenos of "Dionysus Eleuthereus". Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine, the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia. It became the prototype for all theatres of ancient Greece.
It was the first stone theatre ever built — cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis — and the birthplace of Greek tragedy. The remains of a restored and redesigned Roman version can still be seen at the site today.
When you visiting the Acropolis, then it is not far to visit the Theatre of Dionysus. You can do it with the ticket of Acropolis. The same ticket is valid in here too, as they said us, the ticket is valid 4 days. All this place is full the feel of history. It is good place to sit for the moment and cogitate about Acropolis and about the theatre ...
I was sitting in there too, and then I hear, somebody was whistle continuously. When I look, what happened, then I detect the woman, who was brandish in the direction of me ... I understood, that I was sitting on the wrong place, where there wasn't permission to sit ;) ... so it is with these ancient things - you can look but not touch :)
Address: at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis
Propylaea from outside
A Propylaea, Propylea or Propylaia is a monumental gateway that serves as the entrance to the Acropolis. The word propylaea is the union of the prefix pro (before or in front of) plus the plural of the Greek pylon or pylaion (gate), meaning literally that which is before the gates, but the word has come to mean simply gate building.
The monumental gateway to the Acropolis, the Propylaea was built under the general direction of the Athenian leader Pericles. Construction began in 437 BC and was terminated in 432, when the building was still unfinished.
The Propylaea was constructed of white Pentelic marble and gray Eleusinian marble or limestone, which was used only for accents.
Today the Propylaea has been partly restored, and serves as the main entrance to the Acropolis for the many thousands of tourists who visit the area every year.
Opening times and prices look from my Acropolis tip.
Address: in the centre of city
the Porch of the Caryatids
The Erechtheum is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis, notable for a design that is both elegant and unusual.
The temple was built between 421 and 407 BCE. The name derived from a shrine dedicated to the legendary Greek hero Erichthonius.
On the north side, there is another large porch with columns, and on the south, the famous "Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns.
I think this temple more known for these maidens-caryatids ... at least I didn't know nothing about Erechtheum before my trip to Athens but the photos about the Porch of the Caryatids I was seen a lot.
Opening times and price look from my Acropolis tip.
I think these maidens are worth to see them.
Address: in the centre of city
Parthenon at the evening
The Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena.
It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece.
The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of ancient Greece and it is one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of restoration and reconstruction.
In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin removed some of the surviving sculptures, with Ottoman permission. These sculptures, now known as the Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, were sold in 1816 to the British Museum in London, where they are now displayed. The Greek government is committed to the return of the sculptures to Greece, so far with no success
The Parthenon and Acropolis are things what you must to see certainly, when you visit the Athens. I think, even if you don't like, you can't miss them.
They are symbols of Athens like the Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Big Ben and Tower Bridge for London, Colosseum for Rome ...
I didn't like the Parthenon, when I stood beside it on Acropolis. It's look different than I was seen it before on photos ... there was big restoration and reconstruction ... all it was draped with platforms.
Of course it be impressed me, so big and grandiose was it.
The best view to the Parthenon and Acropolis I found on the Philopappos hill. If you have the time, go and look it from afar ... I think you agree with me.
Especial enjoyment is to look the Acropolis and Parthenon at evening, when daylight is ending and they turning the light on at the Acropolis. You can see the short clip I've made in here
The opening times and prices look in my Acropolis tip.
Address: in the centre of city
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